A gripping thriller straight out of real life, THE IMPOSTER is an original film experience from director Bart Layton that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery. The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance–that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors.
His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances–but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas. Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child… who on earth is he?
The movie is a remarkably dark, stranger-than-fiction story based on real life events and features many twists and turns. It’s told in a cinematic language that combines documentary and stylized visualizations. Perception is challenged at every turn, and just as the truth begins to dawn on you, another truth merges leaving you even more on edge. The movie stars Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide, Charlie Parker, Nancy Fisher, Bryan Gibson, Codey Gibson, Bruce Perry and Philip French.
New York, NY: Landmark Sunshine Cinema, July 13th
Los Angeles, CA: Landmark Nuart Theatre, August 3rd
San Francisco, CA: Landmark Theater, August 3rd
Berkeley, CA: Landmark Theater, August 3rd
Seattle, WA: Seattle International Film Festival, August 10th
Portland, OR: Cinema 21, August 10th
Minneapolis, MN: Landmark Theater, August 10th
Denver, CO: Landmark Chez Artiste, August 10th
Dallas, TX: Angelika Film Center, August 17th
San Antonio, TX: Santikos Bijou, August 17th
Houston, TX: Sundance Cinema, August 17th
Boston, MA: Kendall Square, August 17th
Philadelphia, PA: Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse, August 17th
Sacramento, CA: The Crest Theatre, August 24th